When Margrethe became the heir in 1953 it was considered very exceptional in spite of the reigning women in UK, Netherlands and Luxembourg, but most monarchies excluded women from the succession.
When Margrethe the Thronefollower married, it was viewed as a big step that Henrik was made a Prince (the alternative would have been strange, but still).
His title was different. He was not His Majesty, but is postition was not different from that of Queen Ingrid. He was the spouce of the reigning monarch and second in the country. He was so until his retirement.
But for the Queen to grant him the title of King-Consort after 40-50 years of marriage would be redicoulous, especially after he made such a fuss of it.
That the situation is different in 2017 than it was in 1972 is clear. And the Gender Neutral Succession could change things in the future. But the future is not now, and Prince Henrik would have had a much better life and much more respect and understanding from the Danes if he had accepted his place in history.
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